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Augustin, Edouard: what becomes of these center forwards trained at PSG?

Odsonne Edouard (24, Crystal Palace)

Like Arnaud Kalimuendo and most of the current Parisian “titis”, Odsonne Edouard signed his first professional contract in Paris in 2016. And then nothing. At least at PSG. First sent on loan to Toulouse, the centre-forward shone at Celtic Glasgow the following season, which led to a permanent transfer. The Scottish club then bet ten million euros on the Parisian hope. Successful bet.

Odsonne Edouard, in the Crystal Palace jersey. (J. Feeney/Sports Press)

In three seasons and 179 games, Edouard scored 86 goals, which earned him two championship top scorer titles, in 2019-2020 and 2020-2021, and the 2019-2020 player of the season trophy. He was coveted by several European clubs in the summer of 2021 and signed up for four years at Crystal Palace. He started under the orders of Patrick Vieira in the most beautiful way by scoring twice against Tottenham for his first match and ended his first season in the Premier League with six goals on the clock.

Wilfried Kanga (24, Young Boys Bern)

Like Odsonne Edouard, Wilfried Kanga signed pro in 2016. And like Odsonne Edouard, he has never worn the PSG tunic in Ligue 1. On loan from his first season at Créteil (National), the striker left the club as soon as 2017, to join Angers. He had his first experiences in L1 there, but did not particularly shine with the SCO (36 games, 3 goals) and saw his last 2019-2020 season come to an abrupt end, due to back problems.

Wilfried Kanga, with the Young Boys of Bern, in the Champions League last season.  (U. Lindt/Sports Press)

Wilfried Kanga, with the Young Boys of Bern, in the Champions League last season. (U. Lindt/Sports Press)

Following the end of his contract, he flew to Turkey, to Kayserispor, before moving to Switzerland, to the Young Boys club in Bern, where he came out of a season full of hope (42 matches , 16 goals).

Moussa Dembélé (26 years old, Lyon)

Moussa Dembélé is a special case in this list. Formed in Paris, the center-forward of Lyon has seen a stalemate create in attack, with the signatures of Ezequiel Lavezzi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That’s why he quickly turned at 16 to England and Fulham.

Moussa Dembélé with OL.  (A. Martin/The Team)

Moussa Dembélé with OL. (A. Martin/The Team)

Dembélé gradually increased in power, in the teams under 18 and under 21. He made his debut with Fulham in 2013 and exploded in the Championship during the 2015-16 season (43 matches, 15 goals). Celtic brought him in in the summer of 2016 for a quickly profitable million euros. He scored 51 times in two seasons, won all the trophies in Scotland each year and returned to France, to Lyon, where he also contributes enormously (67 goals, in 144 games).

Jean-Christophe Bahebeck (29, Atlético Palmaflor)

Among the attackers trained, he is certainly the one who has had the most opportunities under the colors of Paris. Jean-Christophe Bahebeck gleaned his first minutes at 17, with the PSG professional group during the 2010-11 season (230 minutes in 11 matches). But the arrivals of Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) and Carlo Ancelotti blocked the rise of the young striker within the club (34 matches, 3 seasons), loaned out multiple times thereafter (Troyes, Valenciennes, Saint-Etienne, Pescara).

The winner of the 2013 U20 World Cup ended up leaving his training club in 2018 to join Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He played little there because of a fragile physical form (Achilles tendon, then knee) and spun at Partizan Belgrade, before finally committing in January 2022 to Atletico Palmaflor, in Bolivia.

Jean-Kévin Augustin (25, Basel)

Great hope of the Camp des Loges, he also scratched playing time with the first team (31 matches, 2 goals). But behind Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani in the hierarchy, it was complicated to find a place. The center-forward joined Leipzig in the summer of 2017, and despite scoring twenty goals, his move was not really satisfactory.

Jean-Kévin Augustin, with FC Nantes, in March 2022. (E. Garnier / L'Équipe)

Jean-Kévin Augustin, with FC Nantes, in March 2022. (E. Garnier / L’Équipe)

Augustin was notably sanctioned for a behavior problem in 2018 and was loaned in stride. First in Monaco, then in Leeds, he only played 16 games in two seasons and arrived in Nantes, without physical condition, with the aim of reviving. In vain. The aftermath of Covid-19 preventing proper fitness, he ended the season with the Canaries reserve. He signed up freely for FC Basel this summer.



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